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Greg ‘Honoured’ To Reach 150 Milestone

22 August 2022

Greg Cunningham admitted he feels “really honoured” to have made his 150th appearance for Preston North End last weekend.

The Irishman, who joined in 2015, came on as a first-half substitute in the draw against Watford on Saturday to reach the club milestone.

Having been at Deepdale for almost five years over two different stints, the defender is pleased to see his tally continuing to rise.

“I feel really honoured,” Greg told iFollow PNE. “I’ve said before, this club holds a special place in my heart so to get 150 appearances for it is a great achievement for me.

“I’m on 150 now, I just need to take every game as it comes, make sure I put in a shift for every game and hopefully they start racking up.

“It was the 2015/16 season that I signed, so it’s a few years ago now and time’s flying.

“A lot has changed but like I said before, the desire’s still there and the hunger’s still there, so hopefully I can keep putting on some really good performances for this club.”

Appearance No.151 may follow on Tuesday night, when Greg and his teammates head to Molineux to take on Wolverhampton Wanderers in the second round of the Carabao Cup.

The 31-year-old featured in round one of the competition as PNE came out 4-1 winners over Huddersfield Town, and they’ll go in search of another victory to try and set up another big tie in the third round.

Greg said: “Wolves have a top class squad there. Whether they're ringing changes or not, there’s still going to be some top quality players.

“It’s nice when you get them Prem teams because that’s who you want to pit yourselves up against.

“We want to do well this season in the league, we want to look to get promoted, and if that’s the case then you’re going to be coming up against teams like that every week.

“It’s nice that we can go to Molineux and put in a good performance to justify how we’ve been doing so far this season and get a good result.”

Those displays from the Lilywhites have for large parts really pleased manager Ryan Lowe, however it’s just been a case of not managing to find the back of the net.

North End have begun their league campaign with five consecutive clean sheets – for the first time in club history – but only one goal has gone in at the other end.

Greg said: “You look at it and, probably from the outside looking in, people might think we’re very defensive because we’re keeping the door closed.

“But we’re creating loads of chances and the floodgates will open and the goals will come, because you can see in the patterns and the way we’re playing, we’re creating a lot of chances and it will fall for us.

“It’s just about fine-tuning some things. We’ve worked very hard since the gaffer came in and I suppose it’s nice then to get that block over pre-season to really zone in on what he wants from us this season.

“We’re all pulling in the right direction, it’s not one of those where it’s just the attackers who aren’t scoring, because we’re all in this together. We’re creating chances and it will fall for us, there’s no doubt about it.”

You can watch Greg's full interview for free on iFollow PNE above.


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